1922 IOOF School
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Graduating exercises for the class
of 1922 of the I. O. O. F. Home
school were held last night in the
auditorium of the Home. A special
program had been arranged for the
occasion and the large auditorium
was filled almost to capacity by the
many friends of the graduates.
Following a selection by the
Orchestra the invocation was given
by Hon. W. A. Tarver. A few remarks
were made by J. W. Hampton,
superintendent of the home, in which
he expressed his pleasure at seeing
so many visitors present, which included
ex students. Grand Lodge officers
and people from Corsicana and
the surrounding country. Mr. Hampton
also briefly reviewed the work
of the school and stated that he was
well pleased with the results. Mr.
Popham, principal of the schools also
made a short, talk in which he expressed
his thanks to the citizens of
Corsicana for the help given the
school during the term just closing.
He stated that many of them had
helped with the chapel exercises and
given aid in every manner possible
and that the entire faculty appre-
ciated every favor that had been extended
them. He also spoke of the
work of the Rebeccas in helping with
the school and of the many courtes-
ies that had been extended through
that order. He then introduced John
A. Kee of San Antonio, chairman of
the board of education, who in a very
brief manner spoke of the work of
the school and commended the teachers
of the institution for the excellent
work done during the term.
Mr. Kee then took charge of the program
and announced the numbers as
they appeared.
Program Excellent.
The program was an excellent one
and consisted of music by the orchestra,
the girls glee club and the ad-
dresses by the members of the class
which consisted of five girls namely,
Lucile Russell, Valedictorian; Lena
Carter, Salutatorian; Katherine
Speight, Hettie Newbill and Nita
Grell. Special seats had been arranged
on the platform for the class.
Mrs. John A. Focht, formerly English
teacher of the school, made
the address to the class. Her address
was based on the parable of
the talents and she admonished the
members of the class and other pupils
of the home to be diligent in their
chosen line of work and told them
that success was nothing more than
doing what you have to do well. She
spoke of the many little things that
come up during life that seemingly
do not amount to much but when
they are all put together they have
formed a greater portion of life and
have helped to make one what he
is. Unselfishness, broadmindedness
were among the many things for
which she spoke and she stated that
the life that had helped to make
others happy was not a failure.
Diplomas Awarded.
The diplomas were awarded by C.
A. Wheeler of Bonham, Grand Master,
who made a short but instructive
The Wray prize which consisted of
$25.00 in cash for the best all round
record made in the school was
awarded by E. Q. Vestal, grand secretary,
to Lessie Evans,
Tho Lewis prize which is offered
by the Ennis Lodge number 227 for
the best record in the manual train-
ing department was awarded by E, C.
Croech of Ennis. Archie McAlister
won first prize and Cecil Wheeler
The awards in music given by Mrs.
Mary J. Kincaid of Dallas were won
by Charlie Ester McCarley and
Everel Hill. The medals for expression
offered by Mrs. Kincaid were
won by Lena Carter and Witt Rogers.
Johnson Prize.
The book prizes offered by E. A.
Johnson of Corsicana for the best
record in each grade were won as
follows: kindergarten, Ruby May
Treadwell; first grade, Margaret
Davidson; second grade, Richard
Sawyer: third grade, Dennis Bartlett;
fourth grade, Gertrude Eddlemon;
fifth grade, Robert Vest; Sixth
grade, Bertha Roberts; seventh grade
Carlton Roberts; eighth grade, Evie
Burdon; ninth grade, Blanche Linthicum;
tenth grade, lone Sarcy;
eleventh grade, Luclie Russell,
The following pupils were given
an honorable discharge from the
home: Miss Katie Speight of Had-
ley, Miss Nita Grell of Fort Worth,
Miss Lona Carter of Mount Pleasant,
Hettie Newbill of Athens, Lucille
Russell will go to C. I. A. College
at Denton. All of the above mentioned.
are graduates and the following
were given their discharge on account
of reaching the age limit of
the home, Thomas Newton of Sherman,
Mary und Ruth Denison of Mc-
Kinney, Rettie Newbill of Athens,
Raymond Wilkinson of Floydada,
Bertie Cantrell of McAlaster, Okla.,
Bertelle Wonley of Dallas, Cordelia
Speaks of Commerce: Carl Hart of
Dallas, Eugene and Clifford Knott of
McKinnev and Miss Cuba Blankenship
of Wichita Falls.
Ex Students Banquet
Following the graduation exercises
the ex students of the home entertained
the members of the Grand
Lodge, Rebecca Assembly, Board of
Trustees, Advisory Board and the
faculty of the home with a banquet,
an excellent meal had been prepared
in addition to the program which
consisted of speeches by the visitors
and ex students. Work of the school
was reviewed and every one expressed
themselves as being well pleased
with the results of the years work.
At a meeting of the different
boards held Friday many matters of
routine business concerning the
school were disposed of. All the
teachers were offered their positions
and many of them accepted while
others resigned and will take up
work in other places. Election of
teachers to fill the vacancies will be
held later.


The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, June 3, 1922
Submitted by Diane Richards


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